Kahului is the biggest town on the northshore of the Hawaiian island of Maui. It’s also said to be the heart of Maui, as it’s the place where all important activity of the island takes place. Due to the harbour and the airport, it’s the hub of the island and also the place where most local people of Maui work and live. Thus, it’s only logical that you will find a lot of gastronomy and culture in Kahului!
Of course there are also some amazing beaches in Kahului, and many other attractions that are worth visiting. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and the Kahana Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary are two attractions you should visit if you are visiting Kahului and want to learn about the local flora and fauna! Besides that, there are many more amazing things to do in Kahului!
- Our favorite beach: Kahana Beach Parl
- Our favorite restaurant: Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe
- Our favorite watersport in Kahului: Clear Kayak + Snorkel Tour in Kahului
Language and currency in Kahului
Languages spoken on the island of Maui and in Kahului include English and Hawaiian (the term given to the original Hawaiian language), both of which are recognized as official languages throughout the state of Hawaii. To move around in the tourist districts of Kahului without too much trouble, all you need to know is English. However, if you take the time to learn a few simple Hawaiian terms, such as Aloha (Hello and Goodbye) and Mahalo (Thank You), you will meet many more hospitable people (Thank You).
In Kahului, the United States Dollar (USD) is the de facto currency, and exchanging money at any of the city's banks is a simple and quick process. Nearly all of Kahului’s tourist spots accept credit cards as payment.
Getting around in Kahului
There is a lot to see and do around the region of Kahului. If you want to get around Kahului quickly and easily, renting a car is your best bet. The easiest way to rent a car in Kahului is to do it in advance online and pick it up at the airport. A great number of car-rental agencies are accessible online. If you have a car, getting to Kahului secluded beaches and other scenic spots is a breeze.
Getting around Kahului is easy, and you don't even need a rental car if you don't want one. For instance, you can find many travel firms offering day tours to the outlying areas. Kahului also has taxis and ridesharing services like Uber of course. Scooters and bicycles are available for rent in Kahului for getting around the island quickly and easily. How you plan to explore Kahului is entirely up to you and your goals while you're there.
Best things to do during your holidays in Kahului
Because Kahului is the biggest town on the island of Maui, there are a lot of great things to do! From culture, gastronomy and of course nature adventures, you have a lot of things to choose from during your holidays in Kahului!
Maui Swap Meet
The Maui Swap Meet is a fun local market takes place every Saturday at Maui Community College in Kahului. At this market you can find a lot of stalls from different vendors selling local arts and crafts. It’s the best place to buy souvenirs in Kahului! You can also find delicious food and homemade delicacies. It’s a great flea market and worth a visit if you’re staying in Kahului and looking for some souvenirs to take back home after your holidays on Maui!
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum displays the history of sugarcane plantations on the island of Maui. The Museum is located close to the town of Kahului and is a great place to visit if you want to learn about the history of the region. The era of sugar cane plantations marked the culture of the region a lot, and in the former Manager’s home you can visit the exhibition. The Sugar Museum has the aim to explain how the current society of the island was influenced by the history of the plantations and the sugar cane industry.
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are focussed on displaying and saving the local plants of Maui island. The Botanical Garden is located in the town of Kaluhui, and is a great way to dive deep into the local flora. It’s a great place to visit to get to know more of the native plants and immerse yourself in the lush green vegetation of the island. Calm down, relax, and enjoy the smells and colors of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
The best watersports in Kahului
Kahului is a great place for all kinds of watersport activities like SUP and Kayaking. One of the best watersports in Kahului is the Clear Kayak Reef Tour with Pontoons
in Kahului. This amazing kayak tour in Maui is a proper adventure! On the kayak with a clear bottom you can paddle along the coast while observing the underwater life right underneath you!
Paddle over the impressive reefs and lava fingers and watch out for interesting species under you! The guide knows all the secrets of Maui and will be happy to help you find interesting marine life from your kayak. If you want to explore the underwater world even more, you can also book the kayak and snorkel tour in Kahului.
Another fun watersport in Kahului is the Snorkeling Underwater Scooter & Rivers Tour
in Kahului. Underwater scooters are a new way to make snorkeling even more fun. Hold on to the motorized scooters, so you can move around even quicker and with less effort while admiring the unique marine life of Maui!
What and where to eat in Kahului
Similar to the other Hawaiian islands, Maui offers some of the standard traditional regional cuisine. In Kahului, you will find a lot of restaurants that service traditional food and a lot of other delicious cuisine!
Common examples of traditional Hawaiian food include the fish delicacies spam and poke, which may be found in most restaurants and grocery stores. Loco Moco, which consists of beef, rice, sauce, and a fried egg, is another popular traditional Hawaiian dish served in restaurants all around Maui. Loco Moco is only one of the many authentic Hawaiian specialties served at Koho's Grill & Bar.
If you want to eat authentic Hawaiian food in Kahului without spending a fortune, Poi by the pound is another great option. Maui Coffee Roasters serves up some of the island's best breakfast options, including fresh bagels and delicious coffee. Get your morning meal here and then continue on a day full of fun activities in Kahului.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches around Kahului
The beaches around Kahului are especially popular amongst surfers, snorkelers and turtle lovers. There are many beautiful beaches around the town of Kahului where you can relax and enjoy the sun of Maui!
Kahana Beach Park
This cute beach is a social hotspot where you will meet a lot of fun people! It’s location close to the airport makes it easily accessible. Kahana Beach is also a very popular beach for kitesurfing. You can sit on the sand of the long stretch and enjoy watching the kitesurfers flying around the sea! It’s also a great spot for windsurfing! One thing is sure - if you visit Kahana Beach Park, you can engage in some fun watersport activities or watch the pros killing it in the water!
If you have transportation while staying in Kahului, make sure to make the short drive of 15 minutes to visit Kaulahao Beach. The access is very easy, and the beach itself is super beautiful, thanks to the sand and palm trees surrounding it. It’s a great beach for swimming, and it’s actually famous because there are a lot of sea turtles to be found. If you visit in the afternoon, chances are very high that you will get to see some of the beautiful turtles, and if you’re lucky you can even swim with them!
Stable Road Beach
This hidden gem is a beautiful little beach just east of Kahului town. It’s a rather small beach, but thanks to the protected bay, it has pretty calm waters. This makes it a fantastic beach for swimming and for families with kids. You can do snorkeling in the shallow water and simply enjoy relaxing on the sand surrounded by lush green nature. It’s a calm beach and usually doesn’t have a lot of crowd, so perfect if you’re seeking some peace and quiet!
Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in Kaului, we promise you will love the boat tours and watersports. Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.